I’m not very much into styling my hair. Like Didier Malige at Band of Outsiders, I prefer finger combing over actual combing—although unlike the inimitable Mr. Malige, I don’t actually know what I’m doing. Enter the elusive miracle product that comes along and saves the day…
This bottle of Kérastase Spray a Porter ($35) sat unopened on my desk for much of the summer, and it was only at the very last second that I decided to toss it into my suitcase along with my favorite shampoos and conditioners. Even so, it continued to languish (unloved) in the corner of a drawer until the rather shiny packaging caught my eye one day. Guys? The first time I used it I had an epiphany: “I suddenly get why Kate Moss is the face of the new range.” That’s when I finally remembered that Carin Olsson, blogger behind Paris in Four Months and someone whose taste I trust implicitly, told me she uses their products to keep her hair healthy—which should be incentive enough for all of you to go try this now.
According to the directions, you spray it on dry or towel-dried hair, then scrunch your fingers through before finishing it off with a good blowdry (you can also air-dry, if that’s more your speed). I know what you’re thinking right now: it’s another beach spray. But no, it doesn’t leave that buildup of salt-crunch in your hair, nor does it dry out your ends. Besides, when’s the last time you ran across a beach spray that doubled (tripled?) as a heat protectant and flexible hold hairspray?
Since we’re on the topic of application, I’ll tell you right now that I don’t exactly follow the instructions. What I like to do is spritz this generously all over damp hair, after it’s passed the dripping-buckets wet phase. Then I go through and scrunch with abandon, hit it with a blowdryer for a few minutes while continuing to scrunch, then let it air-dry the rest of the way. Then I go to bed—where my waves spend all night being sandwiched between the back of my head and my pillow—and wake up the next morning to the most unbelievably gorgeous tousled waves (see above for the photographic evidence) that last well into the day until I’m home for dinner. It’s the (second) best kind of magic, right below the wonder known as…the Arkenstone. But if you read this blog, you probably already saw that one coming.
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